Memorial & Honor Giving

Fountain and Vermillion County are home to many wonderful people who have made a deep impact in the community. 

Are you looking for a way to memorialize a loved one or friend who is no longer with us?  Or perhaps you would like to honor a family member, friend, co-worker, or service provider who has a positive influence in your daily life?  MEMORIAL & HONOR GIFTS are great ways to honor those who are or have been significant in your life or the life of your community. Your gift will go to the fund you specify, in the name of the one you're honoring. 

The following individuals have recently passed away and the families have designated that donations in their memory go to the Community Foundation.  We honor the following individuals (click on the name for more details): Richard "Dick" Shelby, Betty ShullMarvel DunhamMary K. YoungMarcia CooperCarol V. MyersJames "Jim" McCormickRosemarie HaasMarilyn GebbinkJean (Frances) Blickenstaff, Robert "Bob" Branam, Larry Carlson, John Cotten, Sr., Mirriam (Newmark) Fogel, Helen Freas, Heidi (Shambach) Johnson, Joan Rennick, Vicki (Collins) Stevens, and Arley White.

All memorial and honor gifts are acknowledged to the person or people you designate so that the loved one's family, or the person you are honoring, is aware of the gift.  Or you can make an anonymous gift if you desire to do so.  The amount of the gift is, of course, confidential and only you will receive a gift acknowledgement for tax purposes.  It's very easy to give a memorial or honor gift – just CLICK HERE to get started. 

Recent Grant Recipients

Congratulations to recent grant recipients:
NICHES Land Trust ($2,500), South Vermillion High School Cheer Team ($100), Fountain Central High School Academic Honors Banquet ($2,000), Attica Fire Department ($4,380), Covington Police Department ($2,250), Clinton Public Library ($200), Southeast Fountain Elementary School ($1,500), Attica Free Methodist Church ($2,000), Covington Summer Park Program ($4,000), City of Clinton ($500), Newtown Community Church ($500), Attica Park Program ($1,000), Covington Music Boosters ($6,500), Attica Elementary School ($1,201), Vermillion Trails Alliance ($1,000), City of Attica ($8,450), Attica Main Street ($4,750), Parke-Vermillion Community Pregnancy Center ($410).  More →  

Scholarship Recipients Announced

Nearly 150 students in Fountain and Vermillion County are the recipients of over $250,000 in scholarship awards to be used for their academic pursuits in 2018-2019.  Check this site often for new scholarship opportunities and other updates.

Mound Cemetery (“Lower Mound”) Association Fund Established

Mound Cemetery has served as a final resting place for area citizens since 1844.  Also known as Lower Mound Cemetery, it is located on Old State Road 63, north of Perrysville and a few miles west of Covington, in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana.

In 1923, a cemetery association was formed and Stephen Grant Wright was elected president.  Wright was the owner of Tree Spring Farms at the time.  Charles Peyton worked for Wright and he was sent on assignment, just down the road from Tree Spring, to do work and platted the cemetery in 1929-30.

Lower Mound Cemetery is a nice, quiet county cemetery surrounded by fields and is currently the final resting place of nearly 950 interments.  There is a large amount of area history and countless personal memories – of family, friends, husbands, wives, and children – contained in Lower Mound Cemetery with burial sites still available. 

Daily upkeep and ongoing maintenance are required to care for the cemetery to combat deterioration by preserving, beautifying, and maintaining abandoned or deteriorating graves and for the care and replacement of trees, flowers, shrubbery, etc.  Also, the fund will assist in providing an educational benefit to the general public and promote appreciation for community history by maintaining, repairing, and restoring monuments, headstones, and grave markers of historical or architectural significance. 

To donate to the Lower Mound Cemetery Fund click here.

New Fund Established to Benefit Sportland Park

The Sportland Park Fund is being established in collaboration with area citizens and the City of Clinton.  The purpose of the fund is to spruce-up Sportland Park, Clinton’s largest and most utilized park. 

The large scale project includes the renovation of the public restroom facilities, a full remodel of the Duke Energy Wildcat stage area, new turf (drought resistant natural grass) for the 2.5 acres of playing area, four-season landscaping areas to add visual appeal throughout the park, and improvements in parking, accessibility, and safety. 

Donations to the Sportland Park Fund may be made online or mailed to: Vermillion County Community Foundation, ATTN: Sportland Park Fund, P.O. Box 532, Clinton, IN 47842-0532.

Announcement: New Scholarship!

Covington Community Foundation is pleased to announce it newest scholarship, the Jeff ‘Chappy’ Chapman Scholarship

According to Dale White, CEO of the Foundation says, “Friends and family of Jeff ‘Chappy’ Chapman have worked with the Foundation in making this scholarship available to former graduates of Covington High School who are will be full or part-time college students.  The purpose of the scholarship is to assist students that are pursuing a vocational/industrial trade’s career pathway, such as welding, auto mechanics, or the like.” 

Jeff W. Chapman passed away unexpectantly, at the age of 45, on February 16, 2009. 

For more details visit the Scholarship section of the Foundation’s website at: www.wicf-inc.org.

4-H Fairgrounds Partners with Community Foundation

Western Indiana Community Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with the Fountain County 4-H Council.

According to Dale White, CEO of the Foundation says, “The 4-H Council has established a pass-thru fund with the Community Foundation for the purpose of making improvements to the community building at the Fountain County 4-H Fairgrounds.  Members of the Council have recently begun to raise funds to upgrade the restrooms, refresh parts of the concession – kitchen area and make other updates to the building.  On the exterior they hope to improve the drainage and expand the parking area.  The Foundation will be processing all donations for this project.” 

Donations may be made on the Donate Here! link on this page or mailed to Western Indiana Community Foundation, ATTN: 4-H Fairgrounds – Capital Improvement Fund, PO Box 175, Covington, IN 47932.

Update: Covington Park Playground Reaches $700,000 Goal!

The Friends of the Covington City Park are a local group of citizens that have been working diligently on their plans to replace the ageing playground equipment in the City Park with a state-of-the-art destination playground.  They have already raised $700,000.  A ground breaking ceremony took place on April 22 and playground is projected to be completed by Fall 2018.

Linda McGurk with the Friends group states, “The playground will feature a treehouse, a splash pad, a parkour course, a butterfly garden, and a sand and water play area, as well as traditional playground equipment like swings and slides, the new playground will be completely unique for this part of Indiana.”            

Plans also include a 6’ trike path, outdoor fitness equipment (for active attendees to enjoy), a family restroom, and a covered picnic area. 

Donations can be made online at www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Covington Community Foundation, ATTN: Park Playground Project, PO Box 175, Covington, IN 47932-0175.

Endowment Funds

Check out these funds that benefit your community.
* Fountain County 4-H Council – Capital Improvement Fund supports… More →
* TM & LR Memorial Medical Scholarship provides… More →
* Wildcat Scholarship Fund benefits… More →
* Fountain County Courthouse Murals Preservation Fund restores… More →
* Friends of the Rob Roy Covered Bridge help to… More →
* Dr. Roger K. Duncan Education Scholarship Fund provides… More →
* Kingman Volunteer Firefighters Fund assists… More →

Announcement: New Scholarship!

Covington Community Foundation is pleased to announce it newest scholarship, the “TM & LR Memorial Medical Scholarship.”

Generous friends of the Foundation are making this $4,000 scholarship available to former graduates of Covington High School who will be entering their sophomore year of college. 

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide one-time financial assistance to students in the following Health Professions – Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy or Optometry.

For more details visit the Scholarship section of the website.